Alexandria Mom's Calendar of Events

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Alexandria Police to Host Free Child Identification Event

Alexandria Police to Host Free Child Identification Event

On Saturday, February 23, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Alexandria Police Department, in partnership with the Department of Community and Human Services, the Alexandria Sheriff’s Office and the Center for Alexandria’s Children, Inc., will host a SafeAssured Child Identification event for City residents.  The event will be held at Police Headquarters, located at 3600 Wheeler Avenue, in the first floor Community Room. SafeAssured Child Identification kits are being provided for free to families with children 16 and younger. The kits are available on a first come, first serve basis.

SafeAssured ID provides families with all the vital information needed by law enforcement and the media to immediately broadcast information unique to a missing child. Parents receive a completed, ready-to-use ID kit for their child. The free kit contains a privacy-protected mini-CD, which acts as a single storehouse of personal identification information essential to locating a missing child. Families also receive a photo data card and a Parents' Guidebook with prevention tips, written in conjunction with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. For more information, visit

Last year, 49,619 children in the State of Virginia were reported as possible victims of abuse and/or neglect.  Of these children, 6,116 were found to be victims of child abuse and/or neglect.  Thirty children in Virginia died from injuries attributable to abuse and/or neglect, and 26 of these children were age 4 or younger.  Parents can take immediate steps now to keep their child safe from abuse and protected all year long

In community events leading up to Child Abuse Prevention Month in April, police officers, deputies, social workers, and community volunteers will be providing ID kits as well as important child safety information and resources for parents and families.  Professionals will be on hand to assist families, providing them with simple safety tips and conversation starters to help parents and caregivers initiate important conversations with their children, conversations that can impact your child for a lifetime.

For more information, contact the Alexandria Volunteer Office at 703.746.1909

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

MacArthur Principal announces Retirement

Deborah Z. Thompson Served 36 Years as an Educator and Administrator
Alexandria Va.  —  Today, Douglas MacArthur Elementary School Principal Deborah Z. Thompson announced that she will retire at the end of the current school year. Thompson began her teaching career with Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) in 1973. After leaving the division in 1990, she returned and was appointed principal at MacArthur in 1994.
“We thank Debbie for her more than 36 years of combined service as a teacher and principal to ACPS,” said Superintendent of Schools Morton Sherman. “We appreciate her service and leadership, and we wish her a gratifying retirement.”
Thompson wrote in a letter to her school community, “MacArthur and ACPS will always be in my heart. I will cherish the memories, friendships and hundreds of students.” 
Beginning in March, ACPS will expeditiously search for a new principal to lead MacArthur. The school's parents and staff will have the opportunity to meet the prospective candidate as he or she visits the school prior to a final selection and appointment.  
“Our goal is to have a highly qualified principal selected and ready to begin the 2013-14 school year," Dr. Sherman said. "We want to ensure a smooth transition and spectacular opening for MacArthur students and parents.” 
The timeline for the new principal search is as follows: 
March 1  Advertise the vacancy, accepting applications through March 29.
March 18-29  Online survey allows respondents to provide feedback on most desired attributes.
March 18-22  Conduct staff and parent meetings to obtain feedback on most desired attributes. 
Week of April 15Panel interviews  
Week of April 22Final interviews with ACPS superintendent 
For more information, contact Director of Communications Kelly L. Alexander at 703-824-6635

Resurrection Children's Center Fundraiser at Chicken Out

Resurrection Children's Center (RCC) is having a fundraiser at Chicken Out in Bradlee Center (3644 King St) this Thursday, February 21. Hours are 11a.m. to 9p.m. RCC will receive 20% of fundraiser sales so please let the cashier know that you are there for the fundraiser. 

RCC is non-sectarian, non-profit, cooperative preschool, located in the Church of the Resurrection in Alexandria. The school admits students of any race, color, religion, national and ethnic origin to all rights,privileges, programs and activities. RCC is an inclusion preschool. Children with special educational needs or disabilities are included in each class.

Thanks for your support of our school!

Summer Camp Guide - Updated 2/20/13

Adventure links Day Camp
Alexandria Country Day School  Day Camp Alexandria VA
Animal Shelter Camp, Animal Welfare League Day Camp animals Alexandria VA
Arena Stage Day Camp theater
ArtStar Youth Camp  Day Camp
Bishop Ireton Basketball  Day Camp sports Alexandria VA
Browne Academy Day Camp Alexandria VA
Burgundy Farms Day School  Day Camp Alexandria VA
Calvary Road Christian School  Day Camp
Camp Creativity, Corcoron College of Art Day Camp Art Washington DC
Camp Shakespear Day Camp theater Alexandria VA
Challenger Space Camp Day Camp space Alexandria VA
Challenger Sports British Soccer day camp soccer Alexandria VA
Chesapeake Academy Summer Session Day Camp
Chinquapin Camp Day Camp Alexandria VA
Computer Camp Day Camp writing Washington DC
CompuWrite Day Camp writing Fairfax VA
Congressional Camp Day Camp Falls Church  VA
Creative Cauldron Arts Adventure Day Camp theater Annandale VA
CyberCamp Day Camp computer VA
Day Jams Music Camp Day Camp music
Del Ray Artisans Day Camp art Alexandria VA
Discovery Creek  Day Camp Vienna VA
Episcopal High School  Day Camp Alexandria VA
Fairfax Collegiate Summer Program  Day Camp
Fairfax County Park Authority Day Camp VA
Fairfax County Public School  Day Camp VA
Flint Hill School, Summer on the Hill Day Camp Oakton VA
Hank Harris Tennis day camp tennis Alexandria VA
Hilltp Golf Club  day camp golf Alexandria VA
Institute for the Arts Day Camp art Fairfax VA
Jewish Community Center of NoVa Day Camp   VA
Khary Stockton Soccer Camp  Day Camp soccer Alexandria VA
Kid Spanish  Day Camp language Alexandria VA
Levine School of Music Day Camp music Arlington VA
Living Earth  Day Camp science VA
Lnaguage Stars Day Camp Alexandria VA
Mad Science Day Camp science VA
Metropolitan fine Arts Studios  Day Camp dance, music, theater Alexandria-Kingstowne VA
Modeling Camp Day Camp modeling VA
Mt. Vernon Community Children's Theater Day Camp theater VA
National Zoo Day Camp animals Washington DC
Potomac Overlook Park Day Camp outdoors VA
Potomac School Summer Programs Day Camp McLean VA
Rockville Skate Park Day Camp skating Rockville MD
Sailing Camp  Day Camp sailing Alexandria VA
School of Rock  Day Camp music Alexandria VA
Shakespeare Day Camp theater Washington DC
Silver Knights Chess  Day Camp chess various VA
Sport Rock Climbing Center Day Camp climbing Alexandria VA
Sports Broadcasting  Day Camp tv Washington DC
St. Stephens St Agnes School  Day Camp Alexandria VA
Studio Theater Acting Conservatory Day Camp theater Washington DC
TADA!  Day Camp theater Annandale VA
The Langley School  Day Camp McLean VA
Theater Lab School of The Dramatic Arts Day Camp theater Washington DC
TIC Technology Camp Day Camp technology Bethesda MD
Torpedo Factory/Art League  Day Camp art Alexandria VA
Traveling players Ensemble Day Camp theater McLean VA
Virginia Adventures Fishing Camp Day Camp fishing VA
Virginia Baseball Club Day Camp baseball various VA
Washington Sailing Marina Day Camp sailing Alexandria VA
Wilderness Adventure Day Camp outdoors VA
Arcadia Farm Camp day camp  farm Alexandria VA
Arts on the Horizon day camp  arts Alexandria VA
Ballet in the Grass day camp  dance Alexandria VA
Alexandria Soccer Association day camps Alexandria VA
Baroody Camps  day camps sports Alexandria VA
Campagna Kids day camps Alexandria VA
City of Alexandria day camps Alexandria VA
ADDitude's Camp Directory  Guide
American Camp Association Guide
Camp Page Guide to Summer Camps Guide
Frost's Summer Camp Guide Guide
National Camp Association Guide
Camp Carysbrook Overnight  Girls Riner VA
Camp Conrad Weiser Overnight  co-ed Wenersville PA
Camp Flintlock Overnight  co-ed MD
Camp Friendship Overnight  co-ed VA
Camp Highroad Overnight  co-ed Middleburg VA
Camp Horizons Overnight  co-ed Harrisonburg VA
Camp Kooch - I - ching Overnight  Boys International Falls MN
Camp Rim Rock  Overnight  Girls Yellow Spring WV
Camp Sea Gull  Overnight  Boys Arapahoe NC
Camp Seafarer Overnight  Girls Arapahoe NC
Camp St Charles Overnight  co-ed MD
Camp Stauton Meadows Overnight  co-ed Clover VA
Camp Talkk Timbers Overnight  co-ed High View WV
Camp Twin Creeks Overnight  co-ed Marlington WV
CampHidden Meadows Overnight  co-ed WV
Capital Camps Overnight  co-ed Waynesboro PA
Chanco on the James Overnight  co-ed Spring Grove VA
Hameau Farm in the Big Valley  Overnight  Girls Belleville PA
Kamp A-Kom-Plish Overnight  co-ed MD
Kroka Expeditions Overnight  co-ed VT
Kroka Expeditions Overnight  Girls Newfane VT
National Young Leaders Conf Overnight  co-ed
Randolph-Macon Academy Overnight  co-ed Front Royal VA
Sandborn Western camp  Overnight  Boys
Science Camp Watonka Overnight  Boys Hawley PA
SOAR Overnight  co-ed NC
Summer Camp on the River Overnight  co-ed Christ Church VA
Valley Forge Military Academy  Overnight  Boys Wayne  PA
Wilderness Adventure Overnight  co-ed New Castle VA
YMCA Camp Letts Overnight  co-ed Edgewater MD
YMCA Camp Silver Beach  Overnight  co-ed Jamesville VA
Basic Concepts Special Needs Rockville MD
Camp Little Foot Special Needs Rockville MD
Capital Camps Special Needs
Kamp A-Kom-Plish Special Needs MD
Kids' Camps Special Needs
Oakland School  Special Needs Keswick VA
Oakwood School Special Needs Annandale VA
Over the Rainbow Camp Special Needs Bethesda MD
Paladin Academic Special Needs Sterling VA
Summit Camp Special Needs Honesdale PA
The Lab School  Special Needs Washington DC

Braddock Park Future - Meeting

The City of Alexandria invites you to a Community Open House to learn about current efforts to create a community park on a 1-acre portion of the Wythe Street Post Office Block.  We invite you to attend this informal event, discuss park planning efforts with members of City staff, and provide your input on park configuration, programming, and elements.  Attendees are welcome to arrive at any point between 11am – 1pm.  Please encourage your neighbors to attend as well.  Light refreshments will be provided.

Date: Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 11:00AM – 1:00PM (Arrive at any time!)
Location: The Asher Apartments, 620 N. Fayette Street, Alexandria, VA  22314 (in the vacant retail space on the corner of Pendleton Street & Fayette Street)

More Information:
·         Contact Brandi D. Collins (Planning and Zoning) at 703-746-4666 & Laura Durham (Recreation Parks and Cultural Activities) at 703-746-4343 or
·         Transit: The Asher is a short walk from the Braddock Road Metro Station. Visit for more information.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Update on Police Involved Shooting

UPDATE: Alexandria Police Identify Subject in Fatal Officer-Involved Shooting

The deceased in yesterday’s fatal officer-involved shooting has been identified as Taft Sellers, 30, City Resident. 

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Criminal Investigations Section of the Alexandria Police Department at 703.746.6711.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Alexandria Police Investigating

Alexandria police are investigating a fatal officer-involved shooting that occurred earlier today.

At approximately 2:00 p.m., officers responded to the 3400-block of Duke Street for reports of a domestic incident.  Once on scene, officers encountered a suspect with a weapon and were involved in a fatal police-involved shooting. An investigation into the events that led to the shooting is ongoing.  

The Department’s Criminal Investigations Section and Internal Investigations Unit are conducting investigations into the shooting.

Per Departmental policy, the involved officers have been put on administrative leave with pay during the investigation.

Anyone who witnessed or has information regarding the incident is asked to call the Alexandria Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Section at 703.746.6711.

Early Spring 2013 Learn to Swim Aquatic Classes – Registration Opens February 20 for City Residents

For Immediate Release: February 16, 2013

Early Spring 2013 Learn to Swim Aquatic Classes – Registration Opens February 20 for City Residents

In response to the scheduled closing of the Chinquapin Park Recreation Center in May for facility improvements, the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities is offering early spring Learn to Swim classes. Registration for early spring classes opens at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, February 20 for City residents and Friday, March 1 for nonresidents. Summer classes will be available with the release of the Spring & Summer 2013 RPCA Program Guide on March 1. Registration opens for all other spring and summer activities on Wednesday, March 20.

Early spring 2013 Aquatic classes are held at the Chinquapin Park Recreation Center Pool. The Learn to Swim program provides opportunities for achievement and smooth transitions between levels of instruction. Activities stimulate interest, and motivate students to advance to the next level of swim instruction. Each level addresses topics such as personal safety, rescue skills, diving and diving safety. The Infant and Preschool Aquatic program for ages 6 months - 5 years is designed to let children have fun in the water while developing swimming readiness. We recommend that your child have a physical examination prior to enrollment. For assistance with program placement, call the Aquatics Staff at 703.746.5435

To view and register for class offerings, visit and click on the WebTrac tab at the top of the page. A print version of class offerings is available by viewing the Early Spring 2013 Learn to Swim Aquatic Classes’ program flyer.

For additional information on programs, activities, and Chinquapin Park Recreation Center facility improvements, call 703.746.4343.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

T.C. Lacrosse Mulch Sale

Friends and Neighbors,
Thinking of a way to avoid lugging mulch this spring? The boys and girls
TC Williams Lacrosse teams are happy to help!

T. C. Williams Lacrosse MULCH SALE
Saturday, March 16, 2013 - 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Douglas MacArthur Elementary School
1101 Janney's Lane, Alexandria, VA
$5.00 **per 40 lb. bag
 3 cubic feet of premium, organic, shredded hardwood mulch

*Delivery orders: can be delivered & unloaded for a flat fee of $20 to
your home or business on Saturday, March 16th – check delivery on form

 *Pick-up orders: come to the parking lot of MacArthur Elementary
School on Saturday, March 16h between 10am & 3 pm & mulch bags will be
loaded into your vehicle

To place an order: *complete the form below & mail it with check 
payable to “TC Williams Lacrosse Boosters”) to the following address by
Saturday, March 9, 2013:
TC Williams Lacrosse Boosters
c/o Linda Davenport
206 Elm Street
Alexandria, VA 22301
Email with questions and to let us know you
are sending an order.****
 *Retain the top portion of this form as a reminder of the
pick-up/delivery date! Thanks for your order and support!*****


Name: __________________________________________________________ Phone
Contact for Mulch Day: ____________
Address: _________________________________________________________
Zip code: ____________****
 # of bags: _____ X $5.00 = $_________ *
Plus Delivery (optional) @ $20.00 = ____ Total Amount Enclosed: $_______________
Please specify delivery location (driveway, side yard, etc.)